Contributed by: NAPSA
Cherries and Berries in Winter-Oh My!
by Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D.,
(NAPSA) - When the gray skies of winter surround us,
Blueberries, raspberries and cherries are universally enjoyed for their sweet, juicy flavor, their brilliant color and their amazing versatility. Stir blueberries or raspberries into your oatmeal, savor a bag of cherries for an afternoon snack, and surprise your weekend dinner guests with a fresh fruit tart! From snacking, to casual lunches, to elegant dinner parties, berries and cherries from Chile are at home in America during the long winter months. These fresh fruits deliver taste, nutritional value (they're good sources of dietary fiber and vitamin C) and quality that's hard to match. Keep your cherries refrigerated until ready to eat and don't wash your berries until ready to serve.
Look for creative ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet throughout the day and throughout the year. For example, make Berry and Cherry Mustarda, a sweet, slightly tart, spicy fresh fruit side dish, and serve it alongside grilled or roasted turkey breast or on lean meat sandwiches. Colorful fruits and vegetables not only taste great, they contain hundreds of phytochemicals, natural plant compounds that scientists believe may provide a wide range of potential health benefits in the areas of cancer, anti-aging, heart disease, eyesight, and more. So, as you try to live a healthy lifestyle, exercise and think color. Choose 5 to 9 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day from the five color groups-blue/purple, green, white, yellow/orange and red. Remember, eat your colors every day!
Mix all ingredients except fruit in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add berries and cherries. Simmer 30 minutes, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Serving Size: Makes About Nine 1/3 Cup Servings
Nutritional Information: Nutritional information per serving: calories: 163, total fat: 0.7g, saturated fat: 0.1g, % calories from fat: 3.8%, protein: 1g, carbohydrates: 37g, cholesterol: 0mg, dietary fiber: 4g, sodium: 4mg.
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